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The Dreaming Void

Void Trilogy, Book 1
Narrated by: John Lee
Series: Void Trilogy, Book 1
Length: 22 hrs and 35 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (4,820 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

AD 3580. The Intersolar Commonwealth has spread through the galaxy to over a thousand star systems. It is a culture of rich diversity with a place for everyone. A powerful navy protects it from any hostile species that may lurk among the stars. For Commonwealth citizens, even death has been overcome.

At the center of the galaxy is the Void, a strange, artificial universe created by aliens billions of years ago, shrouded by an event horizon more deadly than any natural black hole. In order to function, it is gradually consuming the mass of the galaxy. Watched over by its ancient enemies, the Raiel, the Void's expansion is barely contained.

Inigo dreams of the sweet life within the Void and shares his visions with billions of avid believers. When he mysteriously disappears, Inigo's followers decide to embark on a pilgrimage into the Void to live the life of their messiah's dreams - a pilgrimage that the Raiel claim will trigger a catastrophic expansion of the Void.

Aaron is a man whose only memory is his own name. He doesn't know who he used to be or what he is. All he does know is that his job is to find the missing messiah and stop the pilgrimage. He's not sure how to do that, but whoever he works for has provided some pretty formidable weaponry that ought to help.

Meanwhile, inside the Void, a youth called Edeard is coming to terms with his unusually strong telepathic powers. A junior constable in Makkathran, he starts to challenge the corruption and decay that have poisoned the city. He is determined that his fellow citizens should know hope again. What Edeard doesn't realize is just how far his message of hope is reaching.

Into the Void? Listen to more in the Void Trilogy.
©2007 Peter F. Hamilton (P)2008 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Broad in scope and panoramic in detail." ( Library Journal)
"A real spellbinder from a master storyteller." ( Kirkus)

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Don't bother!

Please don't bother! This has to have been one of the worst books I've listened to. The story line was all over the place and made it hard to follow.
The characters were never developed and 90% of them I either didn't care about or disliked. Nothing to hold on to throughout the book.
The story ended abruptly. Even in most trilogies there is at least something of an ending even if the story is to continue.
Save your money for something good.

29 of 32 people found this review helpful

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What can I say

What can I say to describe how much I disliked this book? This writer has a good reputation in putting out quality books, but this was so bad in so many ways. I don't know what to say. I purchased another of his novels (but not from this trilogy) to see if his other stuff is better.

108 of 123 people found this review helpful

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  • Nicholas
  • Cranberry TWP, PA, United States
  • 02-02-15

What the heck am I reading?

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A story that wasn't insanely boring.

Any additional comments?

This might have been a great book. I'm not really sure, I kept drifting off during this book. Thinking about groceries, work, my to-do list at home. When I would go back into the book there would be some new character I had never heard before doing or talking about something in their world I didn't really care about.

There is some pilgrimage, there are a lot of characters, you learn about a lot of strange religions and theoretical jumps in human evolution.

This void is out there, where people have some dreams or something.

Then you lose interest, and find yourself rewinding the same chapter over and over again to figure out what the heck is going on.

Your quest is futile, it's just too boring. Your consciousness is in and out with only 5 minutes of listening time randomly per 30 minutes of content.

bla bla bla bla bla .... some description of a brand new character talking about uploading their brain to the internet... bla bla bla bla bla... some lady is shopping for robots with a sales clerk who is 6 people at once... bla bla bla.... we are on a ship where some people dream a lot.... bla bla bla...

I'm 60% into the book and I literally have no idea what is going on.

32 of 36 people found this review helpful

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  • Demetri
  • Denver, CO, United States
  • 05-17-16

I couldnt make it more than 2 hours into the book

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The author does not do a good job of setting the overall stage or developing the characters.

Would you ever listen to anything by Peter F. Hamilton again?

Definitely not. He attempted to make every sentence sound ethereal. I couldn't take it for more than 2 hours.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Lee?

Not sure by name, but Peter was not good.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment

25 of 28 people found this review helpful

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Surprisingly unimaginative & overly sexual

What disappointed you about The Dreaming Void?

Given that it takes place in the distant future I expects more mind blowing achievements. Also there we too much sexuality especially with the main female character. It added nothing to the story.

Would you recommend The Dreaming Void to your friends? Why or why not?

No, there was too much weird sex and only one character is worth caring about.

What three words best describe John Lee’s performance?

Better then story

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Dreaming Void?

The incessant, detailed descriptions of characters appearance and their sexual relationships

18 of 20 people found this review helpful

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To much sex.

I really didn't see the need for so much sex. It seems cheap and tawdry. Other than that, it was a good story.

24 of 27 people found this review helpful

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Too complex, too boring, leads nowhere.

Will not listen to any more of this series. I hit two stars by accident.

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a bit convoluted

There is a lot going on in this book. I found it hard to follow.

17 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Good performance - didn't like the book

What disappointed you about The Dreaming Void?

The audio performance was fine. I thought this would be a good book, but I just could not bring myself to finish it.

Has The Dreaming Void turned you off from other books in this genre?

No it hasn't.

17 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Terribly Read

If the narrator can't read this like it makes any sense, what hope does the listener have? Such turgid prose I couldn't get into it at all. Dreadful

22 of 25 people found this review helpful